How much room pass Paul Menard has to pay back to Jimmie Johnson for the Clash wreck? Can he put it aside on the next unscrupulous short film, or is it not going to cut Johnson without breaks in the near future?
Nate Ryan: It would seem daunting if Ménard responded by intentionally destroying Johnson, but he won the right to face the champion seven times if the roles are reversed in the future. In any case, they probably would not work together in a restrictive plate race, but do not expect Menard to give way to Johnson anytime soon, especially with the Wood Brothers Racing driver evoking a story between them in Daytona.
Dustin Long: As Menard said after the incident, Johnson's contact failed at Daytona last year. So, yes, he scores the points. And yes, he has a pass to use.
Daniel McFadin: I do not expect any form of revenge from Menard (it's not really his personality), except not to leave a little margin for Johnson at some point. It was an off-point race and Johnson did not demolish it deliberately. It was a rough side that went wrong.
Jerry Bonkowski: Given the way NASCAR has taken tough action this year, including removing the victories for drivers whose cars do not pass inspection after the race, I presume that the sanctioning entity will demonstrate the same diligence in regarding the return on investment between pilots. I doubt very much that we would see a conflict situation between Menard and Johnson between Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth, lest Menard be nailed and suffer another downturn. The best situation is that Menard moves on and just beat Johnson with his car and his talent.
Paul Menard said about Johnson's bad pass: "Jimmie does a lot of things on these tracks." Is this an honest review of how the champion has run seven times on the plate runs?
Nate Ryan: Johnson was a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, but he would probably admit that plate racing is not his specialty. He has dropped more than a quarter of his Cup races at Daytona (nine out of 34 starts), and has been accused several times of causing massive wrecks since the beginning of his career (the 2005 season had was particularly uncomfortable with Johnson's several pillars in May and October at Talladega Superspeedway). Claiming that Johnson starts the wrecks in all the plate races is a hyperbole, but he has been at the center of his lot of accidents (and has admirably blamed it for some).
Dustin Long: Yes, take a look, but also understand that there are others who have been in the center of incidents on traces of plaques. Over time, there are cycles where people involved in incidents are victimized by others. It's not like Johnson has become a thug or anything like that.
Daniel McFadin: Ménard is right on this short tweet thread involving Johnson and Ménard incidents. His involvement in Sunday's wreck was his eighth consecutive victory, marked by participation in an incident. Johnson may have eight points and Daytona wins, but he is not a master of the pack race like Earnhardt.
Jerry Bonkowski: I think Ménard spoke in the heat of the moment. Yes, Johnson was involved in incidents on license plate runs where he was blamed, but at the same time, how many times has he also been a victim of errors in Other drivers? In addition, Ménard shot Johnson in the Sunday wreck and Johnson was trying to keep his job. I do not give him any responsibility for the wreck; Ménard is also guilty.
After the shock, Kurt Busch said, "You want cars to be more stable. You want us to run side by side. You want us to change lanes and we do not have any side effects, and it just shows how well everyone is under control and that cars find that speed, and when you're looking for speed this usually leads to instability in cars. trying to make changes to bring more comfort and handling for the Daytona 500?
Nate Ryan: Yes, if it was possible (and this might not be the case) to improve project stability and get help, NASCAR should look into it. The 2018 Daytona 500 was fantastic, but the plate races have been pretty gloomy since (including the last two Talladega races). Although this is technically the last "plate" race (with conical spacers having essentially the same purpose in the future), and the new package may be corrected, it is still important to ensure Sunday is of the highest quality possible.
Dustin Long: No. No. No. If changes need to be made, give each of the participation ribbons while you are there. At some point, competence must play a role.
Daniel McFadin: If NASCAR can introduce an element from here to Sunday facilitating the creation of a second path, go for it. But as a non-engineer, I have no idea what that would entail.
Jerry Bonkowski: I am not convinced that NASCAR needs to do anything else. I think rather that it is up to the drivers to learn and adapt to the new rules. The mere fact that drivers complain does not necessarily mean that the sanctioning agency must immediately change the rules to appease them. Pilots and teams are given rules that they must follow.
Who are you chosen to participate in the Championship 4 in Miami?
Nate Ryan: Kevin HarviKyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin.
Dustin Long: Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Erik Jones and Joey Logano.
Daniel McFadin: Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick
Jerry Bonkowski: Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch.
Which driver is the most intriguing this season and why?
Nate Ryan: Jimmie Johnson, because he still feels that he still has a lot to prove despite a career in the Hall of Fame, and the beginning of 2019 points out that he could have a fresh breath for to follow her.
Dustin Long: Christopher Bell. He said at a time last year to be ready for the Cup but remains in Xfinity this season. How does he improve in a series one year after winning seven races as a rookie?
Daniel McFadin: Kyle Larson. After a disappointing season without a win, how does he rebel with new teammate Kurt Busch's champion and how will the new rules package affect the driver with one of the most distinct driving styles?
Jerry Bonkowski: Jimmie Johnson. Will he be able to win an eighth NASCAR Cup title with new crew chief Kevin Meendering? Will Chad Knaus have ideas behind the scenes, even though he is now team leader for William Byron? There is also some intrigue out there, wondering how Byron will do in his second season in the Cup and with one of the greatest crew chiefs in history who will call him from the pit stand.